Heathrow launches recruitment drive as vital transatlantic travel restarts
London’s Heathrow Airport has begun recruiting for over 600 new frontline roles as the restart of transatlantic travel and easing of international restrictions boosts confidence in the aviation sector’s recovery.
While passenger numbers at the hub airport remain 56% down on pre-pandemic levels, the move to end the US travel ban has revived the airport, as the market accounts for 20% of Heathrow’s passenger traffic and 31% of the port’s cargo tonnage.
The airport is kicking off this recruitment drive now to ensure that it is well equipped to handle a predicted rise in passenger numbers ahead of next summer.
The new security and engineering jobs will be among the first frontline roles to have been created at Heathrow since the start of the pandemic.
The airport is recruiting for security officers, who will play a vital role in providing exceptional passenger service, while keeping a critical piece of the UK’s national infrastructure secure. Heathrow is also advertising a wide variety of engineering opportunities for colleagues to help keep the airport running smoothly as passenger demand returns.
The new recruits will undergo an extensive training programme in order to achieve the required security accreditations. The successful candidates for these positions will receive a competitive salary and attractive benefits package.
The easing of travel restrictions has progressed significantly, in line with the success of the vaccine roll out, but there is still more to do to ensure a return to frictionless travel.
At the next review in January, UK ministers must reassess testing requirements for fully vaccinated passengers and the need for a Passenger Locator Form and bring the UK back in line with its European counterparts.
According to the airport, doing this will supercharge the sector’s recovery, which will support the country’s economic bounce back, whilst keeping hopes of a Global Britain alive.
Heathrow’s chief people officer, Paula Stannett, said: “This is an incredible time to start a career in aviation and to be at the forefront of a world-class organisation determined to build back better as we recover from the impacts of the pandemic.
“Many of Heathrow’s security officers have gone on to have long and fulfilling careers in various parts of our airport and the wider aviation sector, so this really is a rewarding opportunity at a pivotal time for our industry.
“We look forward to welcoming our new joiners before the summer, at the beginning of what we are sure will be an enriching time at the UK’s only hub airport.”